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On Ugliness

by Umberto Eco

|October 18, 2011

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In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty , renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome…

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A book lover today might sometimes feel like the fictional medieval friar William of Baskerville in Eco’s The Name of the Rose , watching the written word become lost to time. In This Is Not the End of the Book , that book’s author, Umberto Eco, and…

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A fascinating illustrated tour of the fabled places in literature and folklore that have awed, troubled, and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poets of antiquity to contemporary writers of science fiction, from the authors of the Holy Scriptures to modern…

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arg1-9782130624356.html La réflexion s’organise autour d’une série de concepts classiques que l’on retrouve dans tous les débats sémiotiques : signe, métaphore, symbole, code, signifié,…

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Le nom de la rose

by Umberto Eco

|February 23, 2012

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"... the greatest contribution to [semiotics] since the pioneering work of C. S. Peirce and Charles Morris." —Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism "... draws on philosophy, linguistics, sociology, anthropology and aesthetics and refers to a wide range of…

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The original essays gathered in this book make a beginning at exploring the cultural significance of The Name of the Rose in terms of its backgrounds and literary contexts. Eco's novel is examined in the light of several of the traditions from which it draws:…

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How do we know a cat is a cat? And why do we call it a cat? How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources? Here, in six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality, perception,…

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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics "... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library Journal In this erudite and…

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